Media Vocabulary for English Learners

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Media plays an important role is everyone’s life. The vocabulary related to media is rich and extremely varied. Essentially, there are two main types of media related vocabulary: vocabulary related to printed word and vocabulary related to the spoken word as used in broadcasts either on radio, TV or through the internet. 

Study the vocabulary below and then take the gap fill quiz to check your understanding of some of the terms.

Use these tips on learning vocabulary to help you remember the words on this list. You’ll find answers at the bottom of the article. 

Types of Printed Media

Journal
Magazine
Newspaper
Tabloid

Types of News

Article
Editorial
Column
Review
Breaking news
News bulletin

Newspaper / Magazine Sections

International
Politics
Business
Opinion
Technology
Science
Health
Sports
Arts
Style
Food
Travel

Types of Advertising

Commercial
Native Advertisement
Ad
Spot
Advertainment
Billboard
Sponsored 

People in Print

Columnist
Copy editor
Editor
Journalist
Editorialist
Copy-editor
Paparazzi

People on Television

Announcer
Anchor(person / man / woman)
Reporter
Weather(person / man / woman)
Sports / Weather reporter
Assignment reporter

People Consuming Media

Consumers
Target audience
Demographic

Media Type

TV
Cable
Public Television
Radio
Online
Print

Other Related Words and Phrases

Public service announcement
Prime time
Embedded 
By-line
Scoop

Media Quiz

Use each word or phrase once to fill in the gaps.

editorials, by-line, scoops, prime time, public service announcement, embedded reporters, paparazzi sponsors, copy editor, target audience, anchormen and anchorwomen, journals, tabloids, public TV, cable TV, billboard

There’s no doubt that the media plays a huge role in everyone’s lives these days. From driving down the freeway and seeing a _____________ to looking at photos of celebrities taken by the _________ in the _________ at your local supermarket, everyone is someone’s ______________ for advertising.

One way to avoid advertising is by watching ___________. However, there are also ____________ for these TV stations. If you watch ____________ during ____________, you’ll be bombarded with ads. 
Some media isn’t so bad. For example, you can subscribe to a quarterly academic ______________. The articles are reviewed by a _____________, so the writing is excellent. In newspapers, check the _____________ on articles, so you can follow the authors online. Another idea is to read _____________ to get important opinions on trending news. Some TV stations also have great news coverage, including _______________ that visit war zones to cover the news on the scene. You can get an overview of the day’s news by listening to the ___________ cover the stories of the day. Some TV channels get a ___________ if they’re the only on reporting on a story. Finally, you can also depend on TV stations to provide ___________________ in case of an emergency.   
 

Media Quiz Answers


There’s no doubt that the media plays a huge role in everyone’s lives these days. From driving down the freeway and seeing a billboard to looking at photos of celebrities taken by the papparazzi in the tabloids at your local supermarket, everyone is someone’s target audience for advertising.

One way to avoid advertising is by watching public TV. However, there are also sponsors for these TV stations. If you watch cable TV during primetime, you’ll be bombarded with ads. 
Some media isn’t so bad. For example, you can subscribe to a quarterly academic journals. The articles are reviewed by a copy editor so the writing is excellent. In newspapers, check the by-line on articles, so you can follow the authors online. Another idea is to read editorials to get important opinions on trending news. Some TV stations also have great news coverage, including embedded reporters that visit war zones to cover the news on the scene. You can get an overview of the day’s news by listening to the anchormen and anchorwomen cover the stories of the day. Some TV channels get a scoop if they’re the only on reporting on a story.

Finally, you can also depend on TV stations to provide public service announcements in case of an emergency.   
 

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